An Accessible House-Hunting Adventure

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to embark on a new adventure: the search for an accessible home. Now that you’ve made this decision, The Arbor Move Team discusses some steps you can take to make the process as easy as possible.

Assess Your Situation

First, assess your situation. Determine how much you can spend on a new home (down payment and mortgage payments) by reviewing your budget, your savings, and your projected income. This will help narrow your search to homes in a particular price range. Don’t forget to budget for potential accessibility modifications as well.

Also, research some likely neighborhoods in Ann Arbor or in other cities where you might like to live, and pay close attention to the asking and sales prices of homes in those areas. This will help you narrow your search to locations that fit your budget.

List Your Needs

Take the next step in your house-hunting adventure by listing your accessibility needs. Consider the following:

  • Single-story floor plan
  • Ramps
  • Wide doorways with properly hinged doors
  • Reduced-height countertops and sinks
  • Reachable cabinets
  • Spacious rooms
  • Safe and accessible bathtubs, showers, and toilets
  • Hardwood floors
  • Handrails

Create a personal checklist, prioritizing your needs and indicating both immediate necessities and potential modifications.

Find Your Agent

Choosing the right real estate agent is essential to your house-hunting adventure. The Arbor Move Team understands and respects your needs and budget and will guide you through the intricacies of purchasing a home. 

Upon meeting an agent, stress your accessibility needs checklist, and ask if the agent has any experience with accessible homes. Also, make careful note of the agent’s fees and requirements.

Enjoy the Hunt

House hunting can actually be fun if you’re well prepared and stay within your budget. Bring a fresh copy of your checklist to every house you view, and fill it out with plenty of notes about necessary modifications (installing shower bars, adding ramps, or widening doorways, for instance). When you’ve seen several houses, compare your checklists, calculate the necessary modification costs, and see if anything suits your purposes. Before long, you may discover that you’ve found exactly the right house.

Embrace the Buying Process

Offers, home inspections, closing costs, mountains of paperwork, and mortgage commitments certainly seem daunting, but they’re all part of the buying process. Try to understand and embrace them as best you can under the guidance of your agent. Stress is normal at this point, but keep your eyes on the prize: that new house!

Make a Low-Stress Move

Finally, lower stress during your move by planning meticulously. Hire a reputable mover who can provide the packing, delivery, and unpacking services you need, and be sure to confirm costs ahead of time. Keep close track of your possessions by making lists and labels for your items, indicating which room they belong in and whether they’re fragile. Take pictures, too, both before and after packing, and monitor delivery and unpacking using your lists.

Off to Adventure!

While house hunting and moving will never be completely stress-free, these tips can help smooth out the adventure and get you quickly settled into your new accessible home. Contact The Arbor Move Team to get the process started! (734) 239-3796

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Nearly 40.7 million people in the United States live with a disability, and yet an overwhelming majority of single-family homes are not accessible. Luckily, there are ways to improve the accessibility and efficiency of a home while also improving its resilience and sustainability. After all, a green home is a healthy home, and everyone should have access to a healthy home.

That’s why our EcoWatch team put together a few ideas on how people can build or modify eco-friendly homes for those with disabilities:

Building and Designing Eco-Friendly Homes for People With Disabilities 

Downsizing for Seniors: Less Space, But Still a Big Responsibility

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When you’re ready to move out of your long-time family home, you may be overwhelmed at the thought. While it’s true that it will take some work, you can accomplish this feat, and doing so can help you age safely for years to come. Before you make the adjustment, however, spend some time reviewing the following resources. These tips cover everything from how much you can expect to spend to relocate to how to make friends in your new neighborhood.

How Much Does It Cost To Move?

Ideally, you will walk away with equity. But you will still have to spend to make your move.

Connect With Arbor Move to Simplify the Home-Selling Process

Use a Calculator to Determine the Proceeds from Selling Your Home

How Much Does It Cost to Sell a House?

Should You Get a Mortgage in Retirement?

What Do I Do with My Stuff?

You likely have more stuff than you know what to do with. Here’s how to de-clutter, where to store your treasures, and what to do with them when your heirs are not sentimental.

How to Declutter & Downsize Your Home Effectively – 7 Essential Tips

What Do I Do with My Family Heirlooms When My Kids Don’t Want Them?

Goodwill Easter Seals Donation Sites

I’ve Moved. Now What?

First, make sure your new home is set up and laid out with your needs and abilities in mind. Then, you can get out into your new neighborhood to explore and make new friends.

How to Transfer Utilities to Your Name When Moving

Set Yourself Up with a Reliable Internet Service Provider

The Aging in Place Home: The Layout

50 Ways to Make New Friends After 50

Downsizing may be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. But just because it’s an easy choice does not mean the transition will be simple. The best way to avoid issues is to arm yourself with information and carefully consider which steps to take to reduce stress and limit obstacles. 

Where to look for a condo that would lend itself to aging in place

We have compiled a few suggestions of single story condos around the area:

If you’d like us to modify this search for you, please reach out to and we are happy to help.

Best Residential Real Estate Agency – Southeast Michigan

Real Estate and Property Awards 2021, hosted by BUILD

We are thrilled to receive this award for the 2021 year (although it’s not yet over) we have been working tirelessly to get our clients into homes and sell their current homes. From new home owner to those downsizing, we love to help.

Thank you BUILD for the award, now let’s get back to work.

“On behalf of BUILD, a massive congratulations are in order as Middy Matthews Arbor Move, Ann Arbor, MI has been awarded:
Best Residential Real Estate Agency – Southeast Michigan

This award symbolises the hard work, dedication, and effort that you have applied throughout the challenges faced amid a global pandemic!”